HC Deb 30 July 1894 vol 27 c1258
MR. SEXTON (Kerry, N.)

On behalf of the hon. Member for South Down, I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, with reference to the Report of Dr. Plunkett O'Farrell, Inspector of Lunacy, on the lunatic department of the Belfast Workhouse, whether his attention has been called to the Report of the Sub-Committee appointed by the Board of Guardians to investigate the statements made by Dr. O'Farrell; whether this Sub-Committee have now practically adopted the Report of the Inspector as to the state of the lunatic department, the necessity for additional attendants, the desirability of appointing in future only trained persons as attendants, the improvement of the day-room, and the removal of the present offensive closets; and whether, considering the overcrowded state of the place, anything will be done to provide increased accommodation in the interest of the afflicted inmates?


The Guardians have practically adopted the recommendations of Dr. O'Farrell, and have submitted to the Local Government Board plans of extensive additions to the work house for the accommodation of lunatics, at an estimated cost of over £6,000. These plans have been approved of by the Local Government Board, and the Guardians are now considering the question of carrying on the works.